Teen Mom Season 4: Wake Up
It's the end of an era...the original Teen Moms are now no longer in front of the cameras, as their season has officially wrapped. So what happened in the final hour?
Farrah is missing Sophia a lot and looks into daycare options that would allow her to be in Florida. Their separation wasn’t for nothing though: Farrah celebrates when she finds out she got all A’s for the quarter. With Sophia gone, Farrah finally got a glimpse of what life is like when you’re young, single, and not a mom. For the first time in a while, she felt like she had no worries and no responsibilities. Most teens definitely have a lot to worry about but that’s nothing compared to the burden of raising a child.
Ty talks to his therapist about his anger issues. He thinks that he is afraid of ending his relationship with his dad but also realizes he can’t handle the emotional toll that it’s taking on him. His family is one of the main reasons he chose adoption because he was afraid of being as bad a father as Butch is. Ty admits sometimes he regrets the decision but Catelynn reminds him that they were both able to finish high school and go on to college and Carly is able to have opportunities that they could not have afforded. Teen pregnancy is very closely linked to poverty; a child has a 42% chance of growing up in poverty if the mother gave birth as a teen and if the parents were unmarried when the child was born. Ty and Catelynn definitely did not want that for their daughter.
Gary is less than happy that Amber is dating a new guy. To get back at her, he throws Leah a party on her birthday even though they agreed that they were going to hold off on celebrating until after the no contact order was dropped. They get into a huge fight and Gary says that he’s going to get custody of Leah and make sure that Amber never sees her again. After they both calm down a bit, they make up and Amber agrees to give Gary full custody of Leah. Amber and her new guy are doing well. She talks to him about how being a mother at 17 changed her life completely. How do you think your life would change if you were a teen parent? What plans for the future do you have that you might have to put on hold or give up?
The head of the journalism department congratulates Maci for not being one of the more than 60% of teen moms who don’t graduate high school. Maci knows that she’s going to graduate college so that she can get a career and be an example of success for Bentley. If she stays on track, she’ll be part of the less than 2% of teen moms who earn a college degree before age 30. Meanwhile, Ryan asks for a copy of Bentley’s birth certificate to give his lawyer. At first Maci refuses to help him because she knows he is planning to take her to court. After talking to her mom, Maci decides not to put up a fight. Her mom tells her that she has to make the best of the situation and that the only way she could have avoided all this drama is by getting on birth control before she and Ryan started to have sex.
I bet none of these girls thought that they would ever be in these situations. 57% of both men and women age 18-29 underestimate their chances of getting pregnant if they don’t use contraception. Imagine how much less you and your partner know about sex and pregnancy when you’re 15 compared to when you’re a young adult. If we can learn anything from these girls it’s, wait until you’re ready, educate yourself and your partner about contraceptives, and talk to parents or someone who you trust about sex and healthy relationships.
Even though the cameras are no longer on them, being a parent never stops. What do you think the future holds for our girls?
Bisi is an intern for The National Campaign. She is an undergrad at Georgetown University studying Economics and is an avid reader who loves experimenting with different fashion trends. One day she hopes to be considered a decent cook.
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